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"CLASSY GESTURE" MADE BY ONE WINNING COACH TO ANOTHER WINNING COACH
March 29, 2016 - Submitted by IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley via Teena Lowery @ Lincoln Daily News re: Hartsburg Emden volleyball coach Jennifer Hayes

"Following the Stags win, Coach Hayes gathered her team together and told them she had one extra medal to give away. She asked the team if they would like to approach Coach Huber and present him with the final first place medal. In a split second, the members of the Hartsburg-Emden volleyball team marched to the other end of the court and surrounded the beloved coach from Peoria and watched as Coach Hayes put the medal around his neck. The coach was obviously appreciative as well as emotional at the classy gesture by his younger counterpart."

AD'S ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION RECOGNIZED BY COLLEAGUE
February 29, 2016 - Submitted by Decatur Johns Hill AD Kim Shafer re: Mansfield Blue Ridge AD Deb Leisner

I wanted to send this on to you to let you know how well our regional is being run by the Mansfield Blue Ridge Athletic Director, Deb Leisner. I have been in this position for 15 years and she is the first and only to send out messages like this! I don't know her personally but would love to work more often with her! She is unbelievably organized and little things like sending this email out to the regional participants is very much welcomed! I know we do spotlights for schools, but Deb should have a light shining on her brightly!!!

SPORTSMANSHIP SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE SCOREBOARD
February 25, 2016 - Submitted by Alton Coach Brett Huff via Edwardsville Lincoln parent

My son plays on the 8th Grade Edwardsville Lincoln basketball team.  Lincoln had a basketball game last night (12/1/16) against Alton.  It was a close game and Lincoln ended up winning in the final seconds of the game.  When the game was over and I was walking out to our car with my son, one of the boys on your Alton team came over to my son, very graciously shook his hand, and told him "good game."  I asked my son who it was, and he said he didn't know his name, but he's "Number 5" on your basketball team. I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was as a mom, to see this boy have such great sportsmanship.  It's easy to tell an opposing team "good game" when you're on the winning side of a game.  But the fact that your student went out of his way to be such a class act to my son, after losing the game, speaks volumes to this Alton boy's character.  I was hoping you could find a way to pass this on to his coach.  You should be proud to have this boy on your team.  He is representing your team & school like a real champion!

SPECTATORS EXEMPLIFY THE INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTSMANSHIP
February 10, 2016 - Submitted by Tripoia Athletic Director Rich Thompson

During the 8th grade sectional contest (boys' basketball) which was won by Winchester in overtime, the spectators from Jerseyville should be commended for their respect and behavior. The game was closely contested all the way to the end and going into the game, both teams were previously undefeated. It was a battle of two very talendted teams in which unfortunately one team had to win and one had to lose. The Jerseyville crowd was respectful in defeat and many of their crowd expressed to me that it was a great game. Their crowd cleaned up every bit of trash in the stands before they exited the gym. It was a true demonstration of sportsmanship and class. I want to commend their crowd and their administration.

CLASSY MOVE BY WINNING COACH
February 6, 2016 - Submitted by IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley

In the first round of the 7th grade Class 3A boys basketball finals in Wenona, Mossville was beating Monticello by a large margin late in the 4th quarter. Mossville had the ball with about 30 seconds left in the game. There was a player from Monticello at the scorer’s bench waiting for a dead ball so he could get his chance to play in the state tournament. The Mossville coach, Brady Miller, called a timeout for the sole purpose of creating a dead ball situation so the player from Monticello would be able to enter the game. Great sportsmanship and a class move by Coach Miller!

TEACHING VOLLEYBALL SKILLS, LIFE SKILLS AND DOING WHAT'S RIGHT
February 4, 2016 - Submitted by Official Sharon Elizabeth Walker

The play ended and I called the play dead. Although I thought there was a touch on the ball, it clearly landed out. I was shielded by the player from the potential touch, so I looked to the R2 for assistance and he indicated the ball was out. I awarded the point to Tri-Valley and began the signal of out when the coach, Dave Cooper, stated, "No, there was a touch." His player said she touched the ball on its way out and they openly acknowledged that. Mr. Cooper indicated that the point should be awarded to Bloomington Corpus Christi. I then overturned my original call and awarded the point to Corpus Christi and indicated a touch by the Tri-Valley player. It is nice to see that although it cost them a point and it may or may not have changed the outcome of the game, they felt the need to speak up and be honest about what happened. From officiating other matches in which Tri-Valley has participated on both junior high and high school levels, I can say that this is an everyday occurrence in that if the call is incorrectly in their favor, they will speak up and state that it needs to go the other direction. All of the coaches and players have always been upbeat and very positive in their communication of what is the right call to make even if it means the point goes to the opposing team. The coaches are not just teaching volleyball skills but life skills in doing what is right. Thank you to Dave Cooper and his junior high volleyball program for being great stewards of good sportsmanship!

GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP BY 2 SCHOOLS' HEAD COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES
February 3, 2016 - Submitted by Official Richard Tolle

First, I would like to say I have never worked with Ed Huber or Dyke Buerkett even though they are from my area. Both officials did a very good job and are very professional. I have to give all coaches involved a thank you. All coaches handled their young men very well and let the officials do their jobs. Greenville did a very good job hosting a quality gym for the junior high sectional. Thank you for the assignment, I really enjoyed the evening!

EXCELLENT JUNIOR HIGH GAME ATMOSPHERE
February 3, 2016 - Submitted by 7-4A Sectional Official

The players, coaches and fans should be congratulated for an outstanding game and atmosphere last night. We had a great crowd that was very involved in the game and I did not have one issue with anyone at the game. The players, coaches and fans could not have been any better in a tight-fought 55-50 game. It was a great game on the floor and a great event to host..... and all of the credit goes to the Urbana and Danville communities.

CARING COACH IS IN IT FOR THE KIDS
February 2, 2016 - Submitted by 8-3A Regional Official Brian Sample

Last night I worked the 8-3A Pana Regional Boys semi-finals and witnessed both ends of the spectrum... I witnessed Arthur show extreme sportsmanship in a season ending defeat.  Arthur, a team that appeared to be overmatched by 2015 runner up Central A&M, competed with class and respect throughout the night.  I assume this all starts  with  coach that was positive towards every player entering and leaving the court of play.  He was cordial, respectful, positive and coached the right way till the final horn.  It's guys like this that make officiating easier and allows fans to enjoy a basketball game without any distraction.  You can tell it's not about him and how much he cares about the kids.  Kudos to Arthur!

SUPERB MANAGEMENT BY GAME STAFF, STRONG LEADERSHIP OF RAMSEY AND VANDALIA BOYS' BASKETBALL COACHES
January 25, 2016 - Submitted by Official Cody Hawkins

During the Vandalia and Ramsey game tonight at the Vandalia Tournament, the official score keeper and timer both did exceptional jobs on working the clock and helping with an error in the score.  Ramsey's bookkeeper also did a great job.  All three of these people deserve to be recognized for their sportsmanship and abilities at the table.  Both head coaches, Charlie Carroll from Ramsey and Nick Casey from Vandalia, also did a great job with their teams and conducted themselves in a very good manner.  I was overly impressed by both of these individuals also.  Job well done by all.

STUDENT SPORTSMANSHIP HAS POSITIVE EFFECT ON FANS
January 23, 2016 - Submitted Anonymously

It is no secret around central Illinois that St. Thomas and St. Vincent are intense rivals when it comes to boys' basketball, so when the two schools met in the final round of the annual Peoria Catholic Dicoese Catholic Schools Tournament, I expected there to be pretty heated competition.  The fans got rowdy, but nothing that would be considered unsportsmanlike.  During one particular instance, St. Vincent was at the free throw line.  St. Thomas' student section had started to make noise during the free throw, but one 8th grade student, Ben Byrkit, quieted the whole section so our rivals could shoot free throws without being distracted.  I just happened to glance up at the stands during the shot and could see him motioning for everyone to be quiet.  It was definitely nice to see.

BUILDING CONFIDENCE, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME
January 15, 2016 - Submitted by Chillicothe Volleyball Coach Troy Webb re: Official Trish Moreland

At last night's 6th grade match in Germantown Hills, you went above and beyond (for an official) in complimenting a young setter, who sometimes struggles with confidence.  You pulled her aside after the match, and although I am not sure of your exact words, you absolutely "made her day."  I would have known nothing about it if it weren't for one of my assistants informing me a conversation took place.  You see, that 6th grade setter is my daughter!!  I had to ask her about it after our bus ride back home, and she told me she almost started crying, out of the happiness your words brought.  She couldn't wait to tell her mother.  Thank you for making my daughter's day - and mine!

COACH SILENCES DISSATISFIED FANS
January 13, 2016 - Submitted by Official John Thompson re: Jacksonville Our Saviour Coach Pat Gibson

In a very closely contested volleyball match, after a rather long rally, New Berlin hit a ball which landed very near the Our Saviour sideline, across from the spectators and immediately in front of the Our Saviour bench.  The official call was that the ball had landed in-bounds and the point went to New Berlin.  Many of the spectators voiced displeasure with the call, believing that the ball should have been called out of bounds and the point awarded to Our Saviour.  Coach Gibson demonstrably indicated, by pointing to the sideline, that the ball had landed in-bounds and verbally quieted the fans by indicating that the correct call had been made.  His sportsmanship dispelled any fan displeasure and allowed the match to continue to an exciting conclusion with no further incidents.  Coach Gibson and his team are to be commended for their demonstration of good sportsmanship.  

GIVING ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES A SHOT
January 9, 2016 - Submitted by Abingdon Avon Athletic Director Phil Willis to Colchester West Prairie Athletic Director Doug Fisher

Doug, I would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU for your boys' middle school basketball team and coach - they did something that we at A-Town can’t put a price on! During our game on Wednesday, January 9, we had a player with special needs on the floor during the 4th quarter; we were up and all the kids were able to play.  At a point in that 4th quarter, your players on the court took it upon themselves to see to it that he had a chance to score! Then, almost at the same time, we called a timeout and set a play for him to get the ball and have an opportunity to score. Your coach and team saw what was going on and the rest is history. That is what athletes is about opportunity! Your team gave our A-Town family, and especially our student athlete, a lifetime memory which is PRICELESS! With that, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you and your middle school boys' basketball team and coaches - both our A-Town family and yours have been part of somebody's life long memories.

CONCERN FOR OTHERS EXHIBITED BY PLAYER
December 10, 2015 - Submitted by St. Joseph Principal Chris Graham
During the 7th grade boys' basketball game between Edison and St. Joseph, #30 Amareon Parker from Edison had the ball at mid-court and drove to the basket in an attempt for a layup. In the process, he knocked over two St. Joseph players and was whistled for a charge. This is a play you see many times during the basketball season; however, what occurred next is not. All too often, we see players turn in disgust at the call or they throw their hands up in disbelief. Amareon's reaction was more of what we need to see in this game. While he did throw his hands - he threw them in a downward direction - one hand to each of the players he knocked over to help them up off the floor and make sure they were okay. It was apparent to this administrator that Amareon's first concern was with those players and not the fact that he had been whistled for a foul. I commend Amareon for his sportsmanship and the way he treated his opponents. We could stand to see a lot more of this kind of play.

EXCEPTIONAL GAME ADMINISTRATION BY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
November 30, 2015 - Submitted by Basketball Official Rick Adams

The Pleasant Plains administrator, Heather Greer, did an exceptional job of ensuring good sportsmanship was maintained throughout the contest. Her willingness to interact with both the officials and fans, throughout the game, sends a very strong signal. Her constant vigilance allows the officials to concentrate on the game and not be distracted by rowdy fans.

TWO TEAMS DOING THE RIGHT THING
October 2, 2015 - Submitted by Decatur Johns Hill AD Kim Schafer to DeLand-Weldon AD Ryan Pray

I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how wonderful it was to host your [DeLand-Weldon] GBB program here at the HILL. You would have been so proud of the fans and girls with the level of sportsmanship that was demonstrated by both teams. It was a beautiful thing to witness. Your girls and our girls were helping each other up after committing a foul, they were all complimentary of each other’s skills and it was just so fun to witness. I just wish that all opponents who come in here could do the same thing! Our programs could have been a commercial on how to do the RIGHT THING!!! It just made my heart happy. :) You know as well as I do that this doesn’t happen too often in the world of athletics! So wonderful to see good character in action!!

SHOWING CARE AND CONCERN FOR AN OPPONENT
September 24, 2015 - Submitted by Bradley Central Coach Mike Kukuck
On Tuesday, September 1, our 7th grade baseball team played at Wilmington.  In the 4th inning, the Wilmington catcher attempted a pick off of our runner at first base.  Unfortunately, we had a left-handed batter up and the throw struck him in the side of the face.   Immediately, the Wilmington coaches and I came to his aid.  Long story short, my player received 25 stitches for a cut to the inside of his mouth.  That night, through back channels, the player's parents contacted me.  Their son was very upset about the freak accident.  I conveyed to them that he was going to be fine and thanked them for their concern.  A few days later, I received a get well card in the mail.  It was addressed to my player.  With his mother present, he opened the card and in it was a gift card for my player to use. This is not commonly seen in today's society!  The Wilmington coaches as well as the player's parents have done an awesome job of instilling great character traits in this young man.

EXCEPTIONAL REGIONAL HOST AS RECOGNIZED BY BASEBALL OFFICIAL
September 22, 2015 - Submitted by Official Robert Facker

I just wanted to let you know that Mitch Holmgren ran one of the best regionals (Mackinaw) that I have ever worked.  With all the rain we had on Friday night, I never would have guessed that we would have played the games on Saturday, let alone having them start on time.  The diamond was in near perfect condition.  He, his coaches and parents came out at 6:30 that morning and started to work on the diamond.  That really gave me the chance to keep the clock at 5pm for the Washington game.  In the championship game on Monday, he had the national anthem and had the starters introduced.  It was first class all the way.  He also had food and drinks between games on Saturday.  Rich C. and I were treated pretty good.

PONTIAC JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (PONTIAC)
SUPER EXAMPLES BY GOOD COACHES - CALM AND SELF-CONTROLLED ATTITUDES WHEN PANIC COULD HAVE RULED
August 18, 2015 - Submitted by Official George Smith
"About halfway through the game, cell phone weather alarms were heard all over the diamond.  Spectators', coaches', and players' phones were indicating a tornado had been sighted about 12 miles away.  We stopped the game.  A coach for Prairie Central had a key to the closest school building.  The coaches for each team calmly marched their teams into the building and got them to a safe area.  They quietly talked with their players and prevented any panic.  They may have been concerned for the safety of their own property that may have been in the path of the storm, but they didn't show it at all.  The kids and the parents were concerned with the condition of their own homes and property and the coaches were showing amazing leadership and demeanor.  Twenty minutes after the "all clear" signal, the game resumed and concluded without incident.  The coaches were excellent examples of calm and control during a stressful situation."

PRAIRIE CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (FAIRBURY)
SUPER EXAMPLES BY GOOD COACHES - CALM AND SELF-CONTROLLED ATTITUDES WHEN PANIC COULD HAVE RULED
August 18, 2015 - Submitted by Official George Smith
"About halfway through the game, cell phone weather alarms were heard all over the diamond.  Spectators', coaches', and players' phones were indicating a tornado had been sighted about 12 miles away.  We stopped the game.  A coach for Prairie Central had a key to the closest school building.  The coaches for each team calmly marched their teams into the building and got them to a safe area.  They quietly talked with their players and prevented any panic.  They may have been concerned for the safety of their own property that may have been in the path of the storm, but they didn't show it at all.  The kids and the parents were concerned with the condition of their own homes and property and the coaches were showing amazing leadership and demeanor.  Twenty minutes after the "all clear" signal, the game resumed and concluded without incident.  The coaches were excellent examples of calm and control during a stressful situation.




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